Obituaries – Feb. 6, 2014
Dollie B. Allen
OAKLAND—The funeral service for Mrs. Dollie B. Allen was held in Parrish Grove M.B. Church at Oakland, at two o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, February 1, 2014. Rev. Grady McKinney, Jr., pastor, and Rev. J. C. Hentz officiated the service.
A repast was held immediately after the service in the Masonic Hall at Oakland.
Martha Elnor Berry
WATER VALLEY—Martha Elnor Berry, age 96, died Tuesday, January 28, 2014, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.
Born May 21, 1917, in the Pine Valley Community in Yalobusha County, Mrs. Berry was a daughter of the late Ellerson and Mae Vaughn Cofer. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, tending her flowers, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. For as long as her health permitted she was an active and faithful member of Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church of Water Valley, serving for many years as a Sunday School teacher.
Visitation was held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, February 1, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. A graveside service was held at 11:30 a.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery, Water Valley.
Survivors include a son, Billy Wayne Berry (Mary) of Memphis; and a host of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Berry.
James Earl Foshee
NESBIT—James Earl Foshee, 83, of Nesbit, died Sunday.
Born October 6, 1930, in Water Valley, Mr. Foshee was a son of the late Howard and Hazel Foshee. He was an architectural draftsman, a member of Goodman Oaks Church of Christ, and the past President and Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis Club. A U.S. veteran, he served in the Air Force in the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Shirley Foshee; a son, David Lynn Foshee (Jan) of Nesbit; one daughter, Suzanne Hopper (Billy) of Troy, Tenn.; grandchildren, Lauren, Jill, Clint, and Leann; and one great-grandson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Julius Foshee.
Visitation was held Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. in the Goodman Oaks Church of Christ at Southaven. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Goodman Oaks Church of Christ with Bro. Bill Wheeler officiating. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis, Ark. is in charge of arrangements.
WATER VALLEY—Donald E. Holloway, age 78, died Saturday, February 1, 2014, at his home in Water Valley.
A graveside committal service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5, in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. in First United Methodist Church, Water Valley. A time of fellowship and visitation will follow the memorial service in the fellowship hall of the church.
Mr. Holloway, son of Andrew Carey and Catherine Corgan Holloway, was born December 12, 1935, in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He graduated from Water Valley High School in 1954. He was part of the 8th Army attachment as a teletype operator in Korea, a member of a company at the 38th Parallel supporting the Swiss and Swedes, a neutral unit, during the peace talks. Later, he attended Northwest Junior College and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Mississippi in 1960. He and his wife, Mary Lucia George, returned to Water Valley where he joined his father in the family business. In 1979, he retired from Holloway Building Material as a co-owner. After retirement from the business, he was a substitute rural mail carrier, a locksmith, and commercial property owner.
President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, he received the Spoke Award and served as state activation chairman. He was on the Board of Directors of Yalobusha Country Club, Blackmur Memorial Library, and Yalobusha Historical Society. He and his wife were Grand Marshals of the Christmas Parade in 2009.
A lifetime member of First United Methodist Church, he served as chairman of the Board of Trustees, and a member of the Administrative Board for many years, as well as business manager. He was president of Wesley Fellowship Class. In 1979, he served on a conference work team to Haiti to build a school, sponsored by the British Methodists. He served as chairman of establishing an historical marker located in Railroad Park, which documented the establishment of the North Mississippi Conference in Water Valley in 1870. In addition, a replica of an early Methodist Meeting House was built in 1973 containing a stained glass window from Wood Street Methodist Church. The chapel was destroyed by the tornado on Easter Eve, 1984. In 1967 he chaired a conference committee dedicating three markers at Oak Hill Cemetery for 16 orphans whose graves were unmarked. The first Methodist Orphans Home in Mississippi was build in Water Valley in 1898. After the building burned on July 11, 1904, the home was moved to Jackson.
A woodworker, Holloway would reduce portions of the trunk of the Sanctuary Chrismon Tree to ashes used to impose crosses on the foreheads of the congregation on Ash Wednesday. Then, he crafted cedar crosses to be distributed on Ash Wednesday. In addition, he made and donated crosses that were distributed throughout the Holy Land from the Lay Ministry Center at Lake Junaluska, Southeastern Jurisdictional Administrative Council of the United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Lucia George Holloway of Water Valley; niece, Clare George Eddleman of Clearwater, Fla.; nephews, Jesse Robert George of Southaven and James Greer George of Memphis; and several great-nephews. Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 288, Water Valley, MS 38965.
Mary Catherine Hughes
WATER VALLEY—Mary Catherine Hughes, 82, passed peacefully away on January 28, 2014, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home, with her husband of sixty-four years at her side.
Born December 4, 1931, in Kemper County, Mrs. Hughes was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William H. (Ada Lee) Carroll.
She was educated in public schools and began her working career in Water Valley, at Rice Stix Manufacturing. She married Harold Ransom Hughes, Sr. on January 6, 1950. Mary Catherine loved her family, her church, and her friends. She leaves a legacy of the Proverbs 31 woman, and a joy of gardening, cooking, reading, and sharing. She was a member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Harold Ransom Hughes, Sr.; five children, Anne (Bill) Callaway of Greenville, Linda (Gary) Williamson, Kenny (Yvonne) Hughes, and Harold Ransom (Wan) Hughes, Jr., all of Water Valley, and Kathy (Carl) Latham of Grenada; seven grandchildren, Allyson (Mark) Grubbs of New Albany, Nicole (Rodney) Eubanks, Michael Hughes, Mark Hughes, all of Water Valley, William Callaway, III of Starkville, Harold Evans Callaway, United States Air Force, now stationed in Turkey, and Chelsea Catherine Latham of Woodlawn, Ark.; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Jimmy Dale (Ruthie) Carroll of Bruce, and Howard B. (Pete) Carroll of Lincoln, Nebraska; her sister, Martha Jane (Bernard) Siegel of St. Louis, Missouri; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Samuel Carroll of Water Valley.
Visitation was held Thursday, January 30, from 5-7 pm., and on Friday, January 31, from 1 p.m. preceding the 2 o’clock celebration of her life. National Funeral Home of Grenada was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Sylva Rena Baptist Church, 17640 Highway 32, Water Valley, MS 38965.
Danny Joe Martin
WATER VALLEY—Danny Joe Martin, age 62, passed away January 29, 2014, at his home in Water Valley.
Born August 10, 1951, in Memphis, Mr. Martin was a son of the late Wilton Trusty and Mildred Bolton Martin. He was employed for years as a welder for Crown, Cork and Seal. Danny was an artist at welding, creating numerous water towers, signs for Paris Baptist Church, and various projects throughout the surrounding area. He enjoyed cooking, playing golf, was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, and loved watching football games. He was an active, faithful member of Paris Baptist Church, loved his church family, and as long as his health permitted, served his church by working in Bible school and in any capacity where he was needed.
Visitation was held Friday, January 31, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 1, in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Bro. Rick Glidewell officiating. Burial was in the Paris Cemetery with Jody Clay Martin, Wilton Trusty Martin, Roberto Garcia, Christopher Garcia, Gary St. Martin, Rocky Wilder, J. D. Hardin, Ed Bedoya, Trey Lowe, and Tyler Callahand as pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Anita Johnson Martin, of Water Valley; two daughters, NaTasha Elaine Hickey (Gary St. Martin) of Hot Springs, Ark. and Kristy Garcia (Roberto) of Water Valley; two sons, Jody Clay Martin (Rachel) of Paragould, Ark. and Wilton Trusty Martin II (Angela Long) of Paris; one sister, Sarah Kay Hodgkins (Rick) of Alburquerque, N.M.; nine grandchildren, Brittney Martin, Kaitlynn Martin, Christopher Garcia, Kaleigh Garcia, Haleigh Garcia, Madelynn Hickey, Meri Hickey, Annabel Martin and Trusty William Martin; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, David “Buddy” Martin.